Welcome to the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn
Our Yoga Centre nestles in the beautiful and tranquil Schoemanshoek valley on the way to the famous Cango caves, surrounded by the majestic Swartberg Mountains, the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre offers the complete yoga experience. Our fully equipped Centre is designed to give you, the yoga practitioner, the opportunity to experience quality yoga tuition in this peaceful and pristine setting. The Schoemanshoek valley offers a variety of suitable accommodation to complete the experience.
Explore your yoga and its subtleties with the skill and guidance of a Senior Iyengar teacher. Transform your practice in a truly inspirational and relaxed atmosphere
This blog is designed to give you information about us, the teachers at the new Iyengar Yoga Centre, as well as all the workshops David will be teaching - at the Centre or at other venues around the country.
Further down the blog you will see details of the immediate workshops, such as venue, registration details and schedule of the workshop. There is a section of comments by students, sharing their experiences of workshops they have attended.
Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Klein Karoo area, which is known as an unique, ecological hotspot, where three distinct biomes meet. This quaint, sunny town is nestled in a beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, South Africa's most recent world heritage site. The climate is perfect any time of the year with mild winters and hot summers. The air is remarkably clear and and lying stargazing on a warm evening will keep you captivated as you watch the galaxy in perfect clarity.
Oh, and don't put your head in the sand, because nor does the ostrich - it's just a myth!
Schoemanshoek is located about 12kms outside Oudtshoorn, in a fertile valley half-way en-route to the Cango Caves. The Centre is located just out of sight in this beautiful valley. For more specific directions, please write to me and I will send it to you.
An Iyengar Yoga teacher (Senior Intermediate III, certification by B.K.S.Iyengar, (one of only 5 senior certified teachers in South Africa) with a diploma in physical education, David Jacobs has dedicated his life to studying the art and science of yoga. David has been practicing for yoga for 25 years and teaching for 22 years . He has travelled to Pune, India to study under BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta, first in 1994 and then several annual visits thereafter. These were the first yoga classes where he saw where the technique was able to embody the philosophy.
David is the founder of and runs the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centre, Schoemanshoek, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo, South Africa. This the only one of its kind on the African continent and we are proud to dedicate our Centre to our Teacher, BKS Iyengar. David no longer teaches public classes, in order to focus more deeply on his own practice. This allows him time to teach workshops around Southern Africa as well asZimbabwe, Swaziland, Holland, Austria, Norway and Switzerland, as well as 3-day and 6-day retreats at the Centre. David is also part of the BKS Iyengar Institute's teachers training programme.
David has experience in teaching classes for those with injuries and medical conditions, beginner’s courses, general and experience level classes. He teaches teachers and conducts workshops for teachers. He is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its applications to daily life. His understanding of and insights into Iyengar Yoga are conveyed with authenticity and precision.
Iyengar yoga is taught and named after Yoga-master B.K.S.Iyengar, who is one of the world's most influential yoga teachers. Iyengar yoga is not meant for the casual practitioner. It is an incredibly demanding practice, that will require a serious level of involvement, both physical and emotional. Iyengar yoga can be practiced by anyone and is particularly good for beginners, because of the emphasis on proper alignment. This sets the foundation for all other postures. All classes and workshops at the Centre, are taught in the Iyengar method of hatha yoga. This rigorous approach emphasizes a balance between strength and flexibility, builds endurance and develops self-awareness. Iyengar yoga, even as an exercise form, offers what no other form of exercise can offer. The method of study is orderly and progressive and the postures are adjusted to meet the physical conditions and needs of each student.
Firmly based in the ancient Indian tradition of yoga as defined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Iyengar Yoga teaches strength and stamina, flexibility and balance, concentration and meditation.
In Iyengar Yoga, the search for complete consciousness begins with physical awareness. In each posture, every part of the body is connected to every other part with intent and precision. But Iyengar Yoga goes beyond the physical to embrace emotional and spiritual growth. As students learn to extend consciousness to each part of their bodies, they begin to explore the limitless potential of the mind and the soul. The two quests are not separate, but parts of a complementary approach to self-realization and enlightenment.
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"Yoga is like a deep well; one can draw water from its surface and quench one's thirst, or one can, with effort, break the surface of the water and plunge into its depth where the cool waters are constantly fed from an inexhaustible stream of distilled knowledge that can come only from one who has totally immersed himself in the ocean of wisdom." BKS Iyengar
A "residential"teachers training at our Centre from 2014
more intense the faith and the effort, the closer the goal
anyone considering training as a yoga teacher, the bottom line is – Will this
course give me a sound, thorough, and safe foundation to teach the skills I
wish to offer students? Sometimes
training programs offer popularity by association, but do not offer sound
training. You need to reflect honestly
about your own intension in pursuing your study and act accordingly. (“Teaching
yoga” Donna Farhi)
Residential teachers Training Oudtshoorn 2014
Practical training requirements for residential (country student teachers)
In order to be accepted as a student teacher at the Introductory level, the applicant must have met with the following requirements:
1.)Hold a current, paid-up membership of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Arica;
2.)Have practiced Iyengar yoga with a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher for at least 3 years, prior to the application of this course;
3.) Pass the readiness test set by the regional training group;
4.)Have submitted a completed application form and supplied any supplementary information requested together wit the course fees, and the signed questionnaire from his/her certified Iyengar yoga teacher of at least five (5) years standing;
5.) Commit to attain a valid C.P. training certificate during year one and maintain the validity of this certificate
During each year of the three year residential course (country) student teachers are required to:
1.)Attend at least 30 hours of general classes with an approved, certified teacher in a Centre chosen by the student;
2.)Attend approved teacher training with a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher trainer, including Pranayama for a minimum of 36 hours per annum (two semesters residential teachers training);
3.)Attend an observation class in a chose Centre at the end of year one;
4.)Attend a full preliminary assessment at the end of second and third years in a greed venue;
5.)Record in the provided log-book details of all personal practice undertaken – not less than 300 hour per year;
Format for residential teachers training program
The format would comprise of modules 1 – 4 in May, thereafter Modules 5 – 7 in September of each year.